33 Easy Home Upgrades to Refresh Your House for Spring
Spring cleaning is just the beginning.
With warmer weather just around the corner, countless American households are gearing up for a major spring cleaning, sprucing up their homes by dusting the baseboards, clearing the clutter, and generally getting to those pesky maintenance tasks that are typically left on the back burner. However, the change of seasons means more than just an opportunity to clean your home—it presents a great chance to upgrade it, too.
"The best way to update your home for spring is to take the concept of 'spring cleaning' to the next level," says Gwen Snyder Siegel, founder of The Nest Design. "Spring is all about rebirth, so why not take the opportunity to clean, clear out your home, and start anew? Enhance the beauty and function of your home and watch yourself become happier and more productive."
Add some fresh flowers
Your home always looks more vibrant and inviting with a vase full of fresh blossoms on display, so make flowers a part of your spring update this year. "One of my all-time favorite things to do to usher in the season is to inundate my home with fresh flowers in beautiful spring colors that pop!" says Nicole Gittens, principal designer at New Visions Interiors and Events. "Contain them in simple but interesting clear glass containers and vases so that even the pretty green stems can shine through!"
Update your winter bedding
One easy upgrade that makes a major impact? Swapping out that heavy winter bedding for something a little airier. "Find beautiful white down-filled comforters and layer on pops of your favorite spring colors for pillows and throws," suggests Gittens. "Even patterned comforters or duvets over your winter ones will give your room a lighter feel for spring.
Create entryway vignettes
"There's no better place to showcase your excitement for spring than on beautiful entryway consoles," says Gittens. "If your entry has a great statement piece you'd like to showcase why not don it with letterboards piped in white and cute spring sayings, fresh flowers, and an assortment of candles in spring scents and hues? Nothing says spring better!"
Update your throw pillows
In need of an easy upgrade to your space? In less than 10 seconds, you can sub in some springtime color with some throw pillows.
"I love when spring rolls around and I get to replace my winter pillows for spring," says Gittens. "Swap out your darker pillows with heavier textures such as velvets for lighter colors that work for your decor as well as springier materials such as linens. It will give your rooms a much crisper feel."
Swap in new lampshades
Enjoy a brighter home in minutes by replacing those dark, drab lampshades with lighter ones. Lampshades in white and off-white hues will allow more light from your lamps to illuminate your space, giving every room an instant refresh.
And add some LED bulbs
While you're at it, swap out those traditional CFLs for some LED bulbs instead. Not only do LEDs cast a brighter light than their CFL and incandescent counterparts, but they'll also spring clean your budget for you—an LED runs for 25 times as long as a traditional incandescent bulb, but costs only 20 percent as much to run.
Add a peel-and-stick accent wall
You don't have to break out the paintbrushes to give your space a whole new vibe in minutes. Peel-and-stick wallpaper makes it easy to completely change the feel and look of a room—and better yet, if that paper feels dated a year down the line, you can remove it without damaging your walls.
Replace that worse-for-wear faucet
The average kitchen remodel costs upwards of $21,000—not exactly chump change. However, you can make a major difference in the aesthetic appeal of that space with one simple change: swapping out that faucet. Choose one with clean lines and a modern feel for an instant upgrade.
Repaint your front door
Want an easy upgrade you can do without breaking the bank? Just break out the paintbrushes and swap out that front door color for a more appealing hue. If you're hoping to sell your home in the next few years, it pays to be discerning about your color choice, though: according to Zillow, homes with dark gray and black front doors sold for $6,271 more than anticipated.
Add some window boxes
Make your view more picturesque and add some serious curb appeal by adding some window boxes to your home. While they're an inexpensive addition—you can get them for under $8 at Home Depot—they'll instantly change the look of your home and can provide you with beautiful flowers or fresh herbs for years to come.
Create a gallery wall
If you want to re-energize your space, there's no time like the present to create a gallery wall. Buy a few matching or complementary frames, sketch and measure where you want them to go on your wall, and hang them up using Command Strips so you can change their placement quickly and easily without damaging your walls.
Invest in a washable rug
Eager to hide those less-than-beautiful kitchen floors, but don't have the budget to have them replaced? Invest in a washable rug instead. Ruggable's rugs can cover a multitude of sins, like ugly tile or poorly-installed laminate, but unlike traditional rugs that will end up bearing the brunt of your kitchen mishaps, they're machine-washable.
Swap out blackout curtains for sheer panels
Those blackout curtains may have served their purpose keeping your house warmer during the winter, but when spring rolls around, it's time to let the light in. Simply swap out those dark curtains for sheer panels and your home will look brighter in no time.
Resurface your cabinets
You don't need to fully remodel your kitchen to make it feel like a brand new space. Resurfacing your cabinets and giving them a new stain or a fresh coat of paint can completely change the look and feel of your space.
Hang a front door wreath
Who says that wreaths are for the holidays only? Putting up a springtime wreath can make your home more inviting in a hurry without breaking the bank.
Set out a new welcome mat
With the salt and slush associated with the winter months behind you, it's time to retire that heavy-duty doormat until next year. To brighten up your front step, opt instead for something in a more colorful hue than your average brown or black mat—it's an easy upgrade that will completely change your exterior's aesthetic.
Add a new mailbox
That boring black mailbox isn't doing any favors for the visual appeal of your home. If you want to upgrade for spring, invest in a decorative letterbox—or, if you're worried about the security of your letters and packages, choose one with a lock and key.
Turn your windowsill into a living landscape
Make the most of that springtime sunshine by turning your windowsills into a home for some potted plants. Not only will this add some instant visual appeal to your home, research even suggests that indoor plants can improve people's moods.
Repaint your baseboards
Between shoes, fast opening doors, kids, and pets, baseboards tend to look less-than-beautiful after you've lived in a home for a few years. If you want to upgrade your space, give them that fresh coat of paint they deserve—and watch how the rest of your home looks fresher because of it.
Install a new shower head
There are few things more relaxing than a hot shower, and few upgrades easier than installing a new shower head. Not only can an upgraded shower head change the angle and direction of the water's spray, installing a new model can help you address any water-pressure issues.
Swap out your light switch faceplates
In five minutes or less, you can make any room look more cohesive—just install new light switch faceplates that better match your décor. Better yet, this is one of the least expensive upgrades out there, with most faceplates available costing less than $10.
Add some crown molding
Installing crown molding in your home can not only make any room look more elegant, it can also make it look larger. Since crown molding draws the eye upward, it can make even low ceilings look significantly higher than they actually are.
Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Make your home look more modern—and save yourself some cash along the way—by upgrading to a smart thermostat. Learning thermostats like the Nest automatically adjust to your temperature preferences over time, meaning you never come home to a too-hot or too-cold home again, and you don't waste money heating or cooling spaces unnecessarily.
Install a doorknocker
Even if your home's younger than you are, you can instantly add some vintage charm by adding a knocker to your front door. Not only will this add some serious curb appeal to your home, installing one will take just a few minutes of your time.
Refresh your patio furniture with some outdoor paint
Breathe new life into your outdoor furniture this spring with a quick coat of exterior-grade paint. All it takes is a little cleaning, a little sanding, and two coats of the stuff to turn those beat-up wicker chairs into something fresh and modern.
Add new drawer pulls
There is such a thing as a five-minute kitchen makeover—if you know where to start. Fortunately, adding new drawer pulls—particularly if you're swapping out outdated wooden or brass ones—can refresh that room in no time (and on a tiny budget, too).
Swap in a new bath mat
While completely revamping your bathroom may be an ordeal, a new bath mat can make all the difference in how much you enjoy the space. And luckily, this is one of the cheaper upgrades out there—for under $10, you can completely refresh the room.
Replace your outdated doorknobs
Your kitchen isn't the only room that will look a whole lot better with some new knobs. If your home still bears traces of long-past eras, thanks to crystal or brass doorknobs, swapping them out for stainless steel or ceramic ones can give your space a major aesthetic boost.
Add some radiator covers
If you want to give yourself more surfaces on which to display cherished family photos or other collectibles, radiator covers are a great addition to your home. And with your radiators off for the season, there's no better time to install these practical and pretty upgrades.
Refinish your tile
If your bathroom is still decked out in the pastel hues it was half a century ago, spring is a great time to change that dated space for the better. With just a little bit of time, elbow grease, and a refinishing kit, like this one from Rustoleum, you can transform your dated tub and tile into clean, all-white ones instead.
Add a new doorbell
Protect your home and make it more attractive in one fell swoop by adding a video doorbell to your home. This simple addition takes less than an hour to install, but can give you peace of mind (and a less annoying melody to announce those UPS drivers than the one that came with your house).
Install a picture rail
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If you have hard-to-hang-on plaster walls or don't relish the thought of spackling a dozen or so nail holes if you decide to redecorate, a picture rail can give you a great option for displaying those cherished photos with just one simple installation. Simply hang the rail and you can easily swap out your artwork and family photos as you see fit.
Upgrade your flush-mount fixtures
Those flush-mount builder-grade fixtures your home came with aren't exactly the most stylish ones on the market. If you want to upgrade your home for spring, there's no better time to install more attractive fixtures, which can also shed more pleasant light on your newly-updated surroundings. And for more ways to make your space sunnier, check out these 20 Amazing Ways to Brighten Your Home.
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